‘Your words are so powerful that they will kill or give life’ (Proverbs 18:21 TPT).
Our words are more than just sound frequencies released into the atmosphere. Over and over the Bible reminds us that there is power in our words. From the creation of the world through spoken word, the miracles Jesus released through declaration, the warnings in the epistles to control your life by controlling your tongue, and the life-giving wisdom in the proverbs cautioning us that we will eat the fruit of our mouths. It is clear that what comes off our tongue, moulds, forms, creates and shifts our environment.
Like a ship is steered by a small rudder, so our lives are steered in the direction of our words (James 3:4).
We cannot afford be passive about what we speak out. We must be conscience of our words and intentional with them.
BUT words don’t actually start in your mouth. They start in your heart. Like a meal isn’t made on the dining table of a restaurant, rather first concocted in the hidden kitchen out the back, so our words were prepared somewhere well before they are spoken out. They start in the privacy of our heart.
‘For out of the overflow of the heart the mouth speaks’ (Matthew 12:34).
Because your mouth and your heart are connected, managing your words, without checking your heart, is like pulling a weed out the ground, but leaving its roots in the soil – allowing the weed to grow again in a couple of days. If our world is going to change, our words need to change, and if our words are going to change, our heart needs to change.
If we manage our hearts, our words will follow, and then our world will follow.
If you mouth is projecting gossip, negativity, judgements – check your heart. What is going onin there? No doubt, you will find hurt, insecurity or bitterness that hasn’t been dealt with. In the wisdom of Proverbs 18:8, ‘The words of a gossip merely reveal the wounds of his own soul’. Deal with the issues of your heart, and your words will follow suit.
‘So above all, guard the affection of your heart, for they affect all that you are. Pay attention to the welfare of your innermost being, for from there flows the wellspring of life’ (Proverbs 5:23).
A daily devotion for a better way of living.